Ok....Weekend is over and I've done 3 hats each day: two bulky (4 st/in) and one worsted (5st/in) each day. I am almost caught up with X-mas gifts. Someone say amen.
Busting booty trying to finish a hat in 3 hours, and realize as the decreases aren't working out that I cast on the wrong number of stitches and didn't realize it! That's what I get for being cocky about a pattern I've done a million times. I frogged it back to before the decreases, and through some creative decreases, got it back to a number that was divisible by 4 and the needles all had even numbers of stitches on them. Phooey! I'm joing to just play with the design and do something out of my head for the decreases... should be fun. See, I'm human too.
I'm going through my shelves, organizing the yarn I have, trying to tidy an take inventory, so I don't buy something like what I already have, and I have a steadily growing mound of what I call "Demons": Yarn that I don't like, won't use, and have no idea how it came to be in my possession. (Sale I couldn't pass up? e-bay lot buys? gifts?) What are you all doing with the monsters in your collection? Should we try an online yarn exchange?
Someone on this site works for a mill that spins some gorgeous and reasonably priced yarns, but I can't remember who it is or find the link... Does this ring a bell to anyone? I'm thinking it is in NC or some other southern state...
I've decided, that after the afghan fiasco, I need something more fabulous and substantial than socks. I need to do a sweater FOR ME!
SO, I'm trying to pick between making a cardigan out of merino frappe (kind of light and floaty, with a bit of fuzzyiness, like a short hair mohair). (kind of a cranberry-rust heather)
Another side to side pullover in this shockingly murky bronze-merlot to emerald and sapphire space dyed mohair (the fastest to knit, to be sure).
Or, the ultimate, a Carhardt inspired zippered cardigan of 20+ year old orange toned lumpy handspun Donegal tweed combined with a green-copper-cranberry manos del uruguay, and a frosted pumpkin orange worsted mohair...
(This last one should stop traffic with it's beauty and truly be a stunner, but take the longest to do....
What say you guys?
Well, here it is in all it's 150+ hour glory. It was supposed to have a crocheted border (although I think garter stitch would be or horizontal stripe of K and P rows would be better). He HAD to have it on the 26th, and I didn't have the time or inclination to spin anymore yarn, or knit more for him. Not worth the effort to complain...but I think it turned out gorgeous. It measures 4x4 as is, and is samoyed blended or plied with silk, wool, alpaca, or mohair (or chenille). All in all, there were 12 different yarns designed for it. I will get more sammy fur from a dog breeder and will knit the next one more open (but not for this guy...It will be for charity). That is the only change I would make to the design. This one is drapey, but more of a sweater weight in the end. Samoyed yarn has a surprising amount of memory. Enjoy.
The effing samoyed dog fur afghan is finished, photoed, and delivered. The new owner will have to wash, stretch and block it. I will post pictures soon. I am VASTLY relieved to see that thing gone, as nice as it was....
It's coming on Christmas. They're cutting down trees. They're putting up reindeer and singing songs of joy and peace. I wish I had a river I could skate away on.
Kind of perfectly captures the melancholy I face this time of year. I've spent the last two days installing a winter garden in the drizzle. I will be knitting like a madman all tonight and tomorrow to finish the afghan and have time to block it for deliver 12/26, upon which I will HAPPILY bid it goodbye forever...
To all those in exchange program. Expect your package by New Years with my mea culpa.
Cheers to all,
Just finished and delivered the third of the Christmas stockings... just made the deadline. I was getting ready to deliver the last one and realized that I had duplicate stitched "Jenie" instead of "Jennie" across the top of the sock. WHAT a nightmare. Anyway...3 1945 Vintage stockings done for a very appreciative family. Those who asked for the pattern, please send me a message to my inbox with your address. I did make some copies.
I saw a book in Yarn Garden (they started advertising in the local G/L rag, so I'm supporting them a little more, now) that really impressed my "Knitting for 30 years, jaded self when it comes to books." and that is "The Big Book Of Knitting" by Katharina Buss. It seemed VERY COMPLETE, VERY CLEAR, WELL ILLUSTRATED AND WELL EXPLANED. (and I like the fact that the displays WEREN'T done in 1970 yellow, pink, or green synthethic...yuk) Check it out for yourself.